Colorado Water Law for Non-Lawyers

by P. Andrew Jones and Tom Cech

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"Overall, Colorado Water Law for Non-Lawyers is an excellent book for people who enjoy learning about Colorado History and water law."
—John Livingston, District Court Magistrate for the First Judicial Court, The Colorado Lawyer

"Those farmers, ranchers, city officials, and engaged citizens, who wish to advocate a cause related to Colorado Water, will find this book extremely helpful. . . . This is a fine book, well researched and useful for 'non-lawyers.'"
—Daniel Tyler, Center for Colorado & the West


Why do people fight about water rights? Who decides how much water can be used by a city or irrigator? Does the federal government get involved in state water issues? Why is water in Colorado so controversial? These questions, and others like them, are addressed in Colorado Water Law for Non-Lawyers. This concise and understandable treatment of the complex web of Colorado water laws is the first book of its kind.

Legal issues related to water rights in Colorado first surfaced during the gold mining era of the 1800s and continue to be contentious today with the explosive population growth of the twenty-first century. Drawing on geography and history, the authors explore the flashpoints and water wars that have shaped Colorado's present system of water allocation and management. They also address how this system, developed in the mid-1800s, is standing up to current tests—including the drought of the past decade and the competing interests for scarce water resources—and predict how it will stand up to new demands in the future.

This book will appeal to non-lawyers involved in water quality issues, students, and attorneys and water professionals desiring a succinct and readable summary of Colorado water law, as well as general readers interested in Colorado's complex water rights law.


P. Andrew Jones, a lawyer specializing in water rights and water quality issues, was recently appointed by the chief justice of the Colorado Supreme Court to serve on a committee studying potential reform of Colorado's water court system.

Tom Cech is director of the One World One Water Center for Urban Water Education and Stewardship at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Formerly he was the executive director of the Central Colorado Water Conservancy District in Greeley for over 20 years, and he has also taught water resources courses at the University of Northern Colorado and Colorado State University. 

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  • Paperback Price: $27.95
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-87081-950-6
  • Ebook Price: $22.95
  • 30-day ebook rental price: $9.99
  • EISBN: 978-0-87081-969-8
  • Publication Year: 2009
  • Pages: 352
  • Illustrations: 39 b&w photos, 40 b&w line illustrations, 20 maps
  • Discount Type: Trade
  • Author: by P. Andrew Jones and Tom Cech
  • ECommerce Code: 978-0-87081-950-6
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